This is a site for discussing roleplaying games. Have fun doing so, but there is one major rule: do not discuss political issues that aren't directly and uniquely related to the subject of the thread and about gaming. While this site is dedicated to free speech, the following will not be tolerated: devolving a thread into unrelated political discussion, sockpuppeting (using multiple and/or bogus accounts), disrupting topics without contributing to them, and posting images that could get someone fired in the workplace (an external link is OK, but clearly mark it as Not Safe For Work, or NSFW). If you receive a warning, please take it seriously and either move on to another topic or steer the discussion back to its original RPG-related theme.
NOTICE: Some online security services are reporting that information for a limited number of users from this site is for sale on the "dark web." As of right now, there is no direct evidence of this, but change your password just to be safe.

Recent Posts

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 10
1
Media and Inspiration / Re: The Movie Thread Reloaded
« Last post by oggsmash on Today at 09:13:03 PM »
Because blackfacing characters is all the rage in Idiotlwood, again. Just pushed this time to even more stupid levels than the last iteration did.
Expect to see more and more offensive redoes soon.
  Well, the thing is, I do not think I would mind if Clark is now a black guy in the movie....but it seems to be for no reason other than to just make him black.  In the book Greer is the high ranking officer, the person with real power and influence.  Clark is just a former SEAL who is pissed and from what I remember more or less unemployed, a nobody in the context of the world (beyond his past exploits and accomplishments).  On any scale Greer is a the black guy and a much bigger fish.  So it does perplex me as to why they gender swapped Greer, and made Clark black just to be black....I guess they though Mike Jordan was going to draw bigger numbers than any white dude they could find, but heck they changed the story completely from the book anyway, so why not just make a different story with different characters and just do that?   Art by committee is a shit show.
2
The only reason the IDF ends up killing children and women is because Hamas uses them as shields by launching their missiles from schools and such.
There is truth to that, however if you've been to Israel (easy to do, a bit harder to tourist the PA) you'll know just how densely populated most of the Israel-PA area is. And the countries are overall very small - Israel is 17km across at its narrowest point, from the outer edge of the West Bank to the sea. Gaza is 356km2, and not more than a few kilometres wide, have a look on google maps. Even if both sides scrupulously adhered to the various war crimes laws and so on, there'd still be horrendous civilian casualties. You can't chuck a hand grenade at a grunt without catching some poor civilian in the blast.

The same is true for much of Israel and PA. Which is of course an extra reason for maintaining peace there. The costs of war are simply too high for everyone involved.
3
After investing time creating a 4 PC adventuring party, for D&D 3.0; I realize there's no way in Haydes as a DM, that I'd invest that much time into creating NPC's.

Thus, i wouldn't be running any 3rd Edition derivative the way it was intended.

At least with Pathfinder; I could keep a copy of the NPC Codex at the table, and riff off of it.

Greetings!

*Laughing* Yeah, the time-consumption of character creation--even for NPC's--is kind of a "Hidden Flaw" that may be overlooked initially, but which grows exponentially over time, of course dependent on the number of characters to be created, but also their character class level, and whatever campaign significance they may have.

Imagine sitting down as the DM, and setting out to create three NPC 6-member adventuring parties in which to populate an upcoming dungeon or wilderness adventure that the player characters are going to be getting into. Say, one NPC party is Level 6, one party is Level 8, and one party is Level 10.

There were times when I looked at a *stack* of what? 8 or 10 game books for making characters. Races, Classes, Prestige Classes, Skills, Special Features, Magical Spells, Magical Items, and Mundane Gear. With all of that stuff scattered over the 8 or 10 relevant books.

I loved D&D 3E for many years, but...damn, you know? ;D

Then, of course, I had 6 players. Imagine how much time--and how many books each of them wanted to consult--to level up their primary characters, and two or three Henchmen characters *each*? ;D

Semper Fidelis,

SHARK
4
McDonald's to use packaging to promote COVID-19 vaccines

https://www.today.com/food/mcdonald-s-encouraging-customers-get-vaccinated-t218032

Setting aside the obvious jokes about a fast food joint reccomending a vaccine for a virus that has been linked to increased complications due to obesity...

What makes the McDonald's Corporation qualified to comment on vaccinations?
  I think it i$ probably $omething they feel they have a  lot of and $ee it as their repon$ibility to comment on vaccination$.   I will give it $ome thought and $ee if I can figure out what they think qualifie$ them to $peak up.
5
I know, but still, that just strikes me as really dangerous. Was there a time period given? Supposedly around the time of Vincent de Paul, there was a French saying 'the best way to get to hell was to become a priest'.
I misremembered the details:

Quote
"in 1326 a more violent dispute arose between the inhabitants of Saint Albans and the monastery. It led to an insurrection during which the monastery was twice besieged. The quarrel this time was over the right of the tenants of Saint Albans to grind their corn at home with their hand mills. Five years later, in retaliation, Abbot Richard had all the houses searched and the millstones seized. The stones were brought to the monastery, where the Abbot had the courtyard paved with them, for humiliation of the common people. Their bitterness remained and when fifty years later, in 1381, the Peasant's Revolt broke out led by Wat Tyler, the people of Saint Albans rushed eagerly to the monastery to break up the millstone courtyard, the symbol of their humiliation."
So they rebelled, he put down the rebellion, then they put up with it for half a century until there was some other unrest going on. Every society has some collection of numpties everyone has too much respect for, and puts up with all sorts of shit from - until one day they don't, and buildings burn and guardsmen are hanged. And then who knows how things will turn out.

The context of the quote is the introduction of the water-powered fulling mills. As in with industrialisation 1800 to present, bringing in new technology - especially water mills - in the middle ages took production out of homes and into dedicated facilities far from homes, and made a lot of people unemployed. If you added a drought, a flood, a plague or war or massive hikes in taxes to that, you got famines, rebellions and so on.

Greetings!

Very nice details, Kyle Aaron! It's interesting how a singular event, or a series of events, can have so many "moving parts" some of which may be obvious, while others may be obscured.

Semper Fidelis,

SHARK
6
It gets worse. Leftists also tell me that artists are “responsible” for their art and have to make political statements in all their work. You can’t just make entertainment, they think your art reflects your real life beliefs. If you write about a dictator coming to power, that means you support dictatorships unless you issue a retraction. These people are insane.

okay yeah that is pretty fuckin stupid, I will enjoy my depraved art as I like it thankyouverymuch. just can't be that aesthetically conservative.
7
I say let them fight it out and how ever it goes, it goes.

They did that already, how many times now, and yet here we are.

  Yes, but never without MASSIVE economic and military support from the USA.  I think lets have them give it a try without that.   I suspect Palastine will suddenly have some very willing allies helping them out.  But you are mistaken if you think i dont know that Israel comes out on top of this latest round of poo flinging.  I just think down the road they can determine their own fates without our Mastercard going to their betterment.

You talk about how the US funds Israel but somehow fail to mention every other country in the world that the US is also funding.

At least the money being poured in Israel is supporting a winner for once.

  Incorrect I was pretty clear it was long past time for the USA to stop funding anyone.  Period.  Considering this might be the only people we funded with actual nukes, it seems our support goes way above and beyond where the USA normally supports the welfare line of nations.

You would not even have nukes if it was not for the Jews so...what are you complaining about?

Next you will be complaining about giving Israel Jewish Space Lasers.

  So now Jew and Israeli are the same thing?   I think they are not, especially in the context of a man who was American.   I did not know we were going to assign religious or ethnic tags to USA inventions.  I am complaining I do not care for MY money to help fund bullshit in another country. ANY other country.  That is what I am complaining about.
8
I know, but still, that just strikes me as really dangerous. Was there a time period given? Supposedly around the time of Vincent de Paul, there was a French saying 'the best way to get to hell was to become a priest'.
I misremembered the details:

Quote
"in 1326 a more violent dispute arose between the inhabitants of Saint Albans and the monastery. It led to an insurrection during which the monastery was twice besieged. The quarrel this time was over the right of the tenants of Saint Albans to grind their corn at home with their hand mills. Five years later, in retaliation, Abbot Richard had all the houses searched and the millstones seized. The stones were brought to the monastery, where the Abbot had the courtyard paved with them, for humiliation of the common people. Their bitterness remained and when fifty years later, in 1381, the Peasant's Revolt broke out led by Wat Tyler, the people of Saint Albans rushed eagerly to the monastery to break up the millstone courtyard, the symbol of their humiliation."
So they rebelled, he put down the rebellion, then they put up with it for half a century until there was some other unrest going on. Every society has some collection of numpties everyone has too much respect for, and puts up with all sorts of shit from - until one day they don't, and buildings burn and guardsmen are hanged. And then who knows how things will turn out.

The context of the quote is the introduction of the water-powered fulling mills. As in with industrialisation 1800 to present, bringing in new technology - especially water mills - in the middle ages took production out of homes and into dedicated facilities far from homes, and made a lot of people unemployed. If you added a drought, a flood, a plague or war or massive hikes in taxes to that, you got famines, rebellions and so on.
9
It gets worse. Leftists also tell me that artists are “responsible” for their art and have to make political statements in all their work. You can’t just make entertainment, they think your art reflects your real life beliefs. If you write about a dictator coming to power, that means you support dictatorships unless you issue a retraction. These people are insane.
10
McDonald's to use packaging to promote COVID-19 vaccines

https://www.today.com/food/mcdonald-s-encouraging-customers-get-vaccinated-t218032

Setting aside the obvious jokes about a fast food joint reccomending a vaccine for a virus that has been linked to increased complications due to obesity...

What makes the McDonald's Corporation qualified to comment on vaccinations?
Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 10